February 25, 2015
UL is playing a leading role in the additive manufacturing arena (also known as 3D printing) with the introduction of an Equipment Compliance Guideline resource for 3D printing equipment.
UL recently introduced the 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing Equipment Guideline, to help better define a roadmap of standards and regulations that equipment manufacturers should consider. The Guideline will assist equipment manufacturers in navigating the sometimes complex landscape of safety standards and other regulations.
Faced with dual challenges of keeping pace in the swiftly moving additive manufacturing marketplace, and identifying the applicable safety standards and other regulations for 3D printing equipment, manufacturers of 3D printers and related equipment are demanding certification today so they can enter the markets they want to serve.
Most frequently, manufacturers are requesting this type of equipment be investigated to an international (IEC-based) standard since their products are being marketed globally.
Fortunately, most of the technology and hardware used in equipment associated with additive manufacturing can be adequately covered by existing safety standards. However, from a manufacturer’s perspective, especially if it is a start-up or new to the world of standards and regulations, the decision-making process on which standard to use for safety can be daunting.
The 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing Equipment Guideline features an informative table identifying the standards and regulations applicable to the various applications of equipment associated with additive manufacturing. Also, the Guideline contains useful questions to be considered as part of the process of determining appropriate standards.
This is a first-of-its-kind Guideline focused on AM industry. The intention is to continually maintain a Guideline that is robust, accurate and complete, so feedback is actively being solicited from the industry. Appropriate updates, modifications and revisions will be provided in future versions.
To review and share the 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing Equipment Guideline, please visit the Library on the new UL Additive Manufacturing page.